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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lent 2016--Day Thirty

Matthew 12:36-37 But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give of it in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thy shalt be condemned.(KJV)

Your words reveal the nature within you. A good man will be revealed by his words. Jesus in this passage may be referring to the Pharisees who spoke against him, or you and me when we idly prattle about other people. Idle words are words that have no good intent. Careless words can bring harm and insult, while at the same time, they reveal a mind and heart with no positive hope or joy. 

It's time to inventory our words to evaluate what they show about the state of hearts and minds. If, indeed, our own words are the vehicle of our judgment, we are able to order them so that what we say and how we say it will reflect well on us. Fill your heart and mind with words of blessing and truth so that what comes out of your mouth will be rewarding, not a reproach.

We seem to forget that words have power and authority. We have the opportunity to fill our lives with words that bless, to speak them into the days of our lives, to shower them on our loved ones. It is a waste of time and breath to use words that are meaningless or words that demean and hinder, when we could be speaking words that uplift and magnify God, or that encourage and support a brother. The words you speak reveal what is in your heart, too.